Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics Prediction NBA Picks 4/7/24

Boston Celtics (61-16) vs Portland Trail Blazers (21-56)

Game Info: Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 6:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -16.5 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in NBA action at the TD Garden. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Trail Blazers vs Celtics prediction.

Portland Trail Blazers

The Portland Trail Blazers look to have moved on from their ugly 10-game losing streak as they are now aiming for a third straight win after taking down the Wizards in a 108-102 road win on Friday. Deandre Ayton led the team with 34 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks, Dalano Banton added 21 points with eight rebounds and eight assists off the bench while Scoot Henderson chipped in with 19 points and seven assists. As a team, the Trail Blazers shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 29 from the 3-point line as they got off to a quick start and jumped out to an early 12-point lead, but they had to really work for this one, holding the Wizards scoreless in the final 2:22 to escape with gritty road win in the end.

Boston Celtics

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in red-hot form as they've won 13 of their last 15 games overall and they will be gunning for a fifth straight victory after outlasting the Kings in a 101-100 win on Friday. Payton Pritchard led the team in scoring with 21 points off the bench, Kristaps Porzingis added 20 points with 11 rebounds on seven of 10 shooting while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. As a team, the Celtics shot just 42 percent from the field and 12 of 44 from the 3-point line as they looked to be in trouble when they squandered an early 19-point lead, but with the game on the line, the Celtics turned to Xavier Tillman who drained the game-winner with just 7.1 seconds left on the clock. Sam Hauser had a night to forget as he finished with just three points on one of 18 shooting from the field.

Portland Trail Blazers Player Facts

  • Deandre Ayton ranks 13th amongst qualified players for FG% (57.6%) this season.
  • Scoot Henderson is one of only 21 players to have scored 30+ points off the bench in a game this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+11.6).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.7).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for assists per game this season (23.1).
  • The Trail Blazers rank 30th in the league for opponent steals per game this season (8.9).

Trail Blazers vs Celtics prediction

The Trail Blazers are still missing Jerami Grant, Malcolm Brogdon and Anfernee Simons, while the Celtics are keeping eyes on Jaden Springer, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are all questionable. The Trail Blazers are expectedly massive underdogs for this one, as they are just missing so many key players. The Celtics are tough to beat at home, they are much deeper than the Trail Blazers, and they could still win easily if Brown and Tatum aren't able to suit up. The line is certainly hefty for this one, so while I see the Celtics winning easily, I think the Trail Blazers can hang around long enough to get the cover.

Peter’s Pick Portland +16.5

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